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The Turbiana Grape


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About Turbiana

(Synonyms: Verdicchio Lugana, Trebbiano di Lugana.)

Background

Map showing the location in Italy of Lake Garda

This grape was long thought to be just another clonal variant of Verdicchio, which see; but relatively recent DNA analyses have shown that it is actually a truly different variety. It was and is grown almost exclusively in the area around Lake Garda in northeast Italy, and the growers there promptly settled on the old nickname of Turbiana as the new official designation of this newly identified variety.

Its general history and background may be presumed to be the same as for the true Verdicchio Bianco grape. And, as Lake Garda is in the Veneto regTrebbiano di Luganaion (at its extreme west end), it is likely the original home (at least in Italy) of the whole Verdicchio shebang, with the movement of Verdicchio Bianco down the the Marche region coming later.

As a wine, Turbiana shares many of the general qualities of Verdicchio Bianco (which is why they were long thought to be just clonal variants of one type). Those qualities are crisp acidity and a lemon overtone to the nose and flavor, often leaving a sort of bitter-almond after-taste (a quality prized by Italians). They display terroir well, and are considered age-worthy.

Noted Italian-wine expert Ian D’Agata, in his excellent book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, states that “Verdicchio is arguably Italy’s greatest white grape variety” (a remark that presumably applies as well now to Turbiana).

Factoid: A new high-speed railway would, if created as now planned, destroy 750 acres of Turbiana vineyards, a substantial fraction of the total acreage for this grape; using a proposed easy alternative route would add an estimated four minutes to travel time. Interesting equation: 4 minutes = 750 acres. Even in Italy, that seems grotesque. As of autumn of 2021, the world still awaits word on whether the alternative will be adopted.

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Some Descriptions of Turbiana Wines

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Some Turbianas to Try

(About this list.)

It is interesting and perhaps amusing that after all the pother the regional growers went to so as to get their local grape officially recognized as “Turbiano”, they virtually all instead still label their bottles as “Lugana”.


Marangona Lugana
(This is their basic bottling, not any of their several Lugana sub-named bottlings.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.



Roveglia Lugana “Limne”

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.



Ottella “Le Creete” Lugana
(They bottle numerous Luganas: this is the “Le Creete” bottling, not their basic bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
    CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine:
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.



Cà dei Frati “I Frati” Lugana Turbiana
(The name may seem reduplicative, but it distinguishes this bottling from their many other Luganas.)

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.



Buglioni “Musa” Lugana

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Turbiana wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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